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Old 07-13-2008, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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My husband and I are both born and bred in Southern Calif. We both want to relocate to the east coast as soon as our second daughter graduates in 2010. We would like to be closer to family in NJ and CT, we do not have family here anymore.

Our first choice was NJ until we realized the cost of living with property tax (we still have younger kids in school) would be just as bad as CA. Then I set my sights on PA., close to family and NYC, which I love, and less expensive than Orange County CA. We are looking at areas like Exton, Chester Springs, etc.
I am also wondering if we would like No. Virginia or MD, as I have friends in those areas, and know someone that just moved there (Fairfax) from Philly and loves it. I am so confused because everyone from NJ wants to move to PA, people from PA want to move to NC, and I know my friend from VA wants to move to TN.
All I know is we want to get out of the rat race that is So. Cal. It is just too expensive to raise a family here unless you are very wealthy. My husband is a the VP of National Sales for his company and they want him to start up the east coast but we can decide where to live. Any suggestions as to where we would fit in the best, or which state would be the best for us?
We have four children, three girls, one 19 (in college), 16 (a junior in Sept.)14 (a freshman in Sept) and a 10 yr old son. We would like to own a home in the 400k-600k range in a safe neighborhood with good schools. I would like to be somewhat close to shopping (i.e Target, grocery store, Barnes & Noble, etc) at least within 10-15 min. I am a freelance graphic designer so I can work out of my home.
Thanks for any opinions!
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:07 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Delaware is pretty central and has advantageous taxes.
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Old 07-15-2008, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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With your budget and occupations, I would look at some of the bedroom communities of North New Jersey. Close to NYC, and Philly. There are several, no names come to mind, small towns that are nice, good schools, easy travel with trains and planes close. Also, easy turnpike access for road trips. Compare the tax expense with other states or communities, it may be less than you think.
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Old 07-16-2008, 07:01 AM
 
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We moved from NJ to upstate NY (Saratoga). Beautiful area, friendly people, $6K property tax for 3 acres/$275K new home.
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